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# Nearly all the workers of the Lowell textile mills of Massachusetts we

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TheUltimateWinner wrote:

Thanks for the kind response.
I've seen so many official RC where author did not put his/her own suggestion/opinion. S/he just wrote whole the passage with so many facts. In that time, I like to choose the word describe instead of suggest!
But, it seems that author is going to criticize with the following sentence.

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However, the ability of the women to demand changes was severely circumscribed by an inability to go for long without wages with which to support themselves and help support their families.

^^ The author is criticizing by the word however, I guess. Am I missing anything, mam?

The following sentence is also the negative tone of the passage, so the word criticize instead suggest makes sense to me.
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No specific reform can be directly attributed to the Lowell workers, but their legacy is unquestionable.

Even when the author gives just 'facts', they are all leading up to a conclusion. Think about why you would write an article on XYZ - because you want to tell people something about XYZ. The motive you have for writing (e.g. "I want to tell people that XYZ played a big role in ABC" or "I want to tell people that XYZ is expected to return good profits next year" etc) is the main purpose. Sometimes, it may be clearly mentioned in the passage, sometimes it may be something you need to infer.

Also, use of one or two words will not tell you the tone of the passage. The same words could be used in different contexts to mean different things. And again, use of one word in an option does not make it correct. The author does not criticize the proprietors of the Lowell mills for their labor practices. If anything, he thinks that conditions at Lowell were better than those at other mills and that it was ironic that the first dissatisfaction with working conditions was observed at Lowell Mills.

"...Compared to other factories of the time, the Lowell mills were clean and safe, and there was even a journal,.. Ironically, it was at the Lowell mills that dissatisfaction with working conditions brought about the first organization of working women."
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TheUltimateWinner wrote:

Thanks for the kind response.
I've seen so many official RC where author did not put his/her own suggestion/opinion. S/he just wrote whole the passage with so many facts. In that time, I like to choose the word describe instead of suggest!
But, it seems that author is going to criticize with the following sentence.

Quote:
However, the ability of the women to demand changes was severely circumscribed by an inability to go for long without wages with which to support themselves and help support their families.

^^ The author is criticizing by the word however, I guess. Am I missing anything, mam?

The following sentence is also the negative tone of the passage, so the word criticize instead suggest makes sense to me.
Quote:
No specific reform can be directly attributed to the Lowell workers, but their legacy is unquestionable.

Even when the author gives just 'facts', they are all leading up to a conclusion. Think about why you would write an article on XYZ - because you want to tell people something about XYZ. The motive you have for writing (e.g. "I want to tell people that XYZ played a big role in ABC" or "I want to tell people that XYZ is expected to return good profits next year" etc) is the main purpose. Sometimes, it may be clearly mentioned in the passage, sometimes it may be something you need to infer.

Also, use of one or two words will not tell you the tone of the passage. The same words could be used in different contexts to mean different things. And again, use of one word in an option does not make it correct. The author does not criticize the proprietors of the Lowell mills for their labor practices. If anything, he thinks that conditions at Lowell were better than those at other mills and that it was ironic that the first dissatisfaction with working conditions was observed at Lowell Mills.

"...Compared to other factories of the time, the Lowell mills were clean and safe, and there was even a journal,.. Ironically, it was at the Lowell mills that dissatisfaction with working conditions brought about the first organization of working women."

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So, from the highlighted part, it seems that author does not write any passage where there is no opinion of the author, right? But, I say few official RC where the author does not have any opinion. I mean, the author does not put his/her own CONCLUSION! What is your thought about those RC?
Thank you mam..
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So, from the highlighted part, it seems that author does not write any passage where there is no opinion of the author, right? But, I say few official RC where the author does not have any opinion. I mean, the author does not put his/her own CONCLUSION! What is your thought about those RC?
Thank you mam..

When the author does not give his own opinion, his purpose may be to give you an overview of the situation or to describe an event etc. If he describes it completely objectively, the test will not ask you what he thinks about it. Though normally GMAT RC passages will not be so cut and dry.
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